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the name of Abraham's second wife. Abraham married Keturah, when he was one hundred and forty years of age, and by her he had six sons, Zimram, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. Some chronologers, as Bishop Clayton, Hallet, &c, thinking it improbable that Abraham should marry again at such an advanced age, have dislocated the chronology of this period, by supposing that Abraham took Keturah as a concubine, in consequence of his wife Sarah's barrenness, even before he left Charran; and that Keturah's children were among the souls born to him and Lot during their residence in that country. But it seems evident from the whole tenor of the history, that Abraham was childless until the birth of Ishmael, Genesis 15:2-3 ; that he had no other son than Ishmael when he received the promise of Isaac, Genesis 17:18 ; and that Isaac and Ishmael jointly, as his eldest sons, celebrated his funeral, Genesis 25:9 . His second marriage, at the age of one hundred and forty years, shows his faith in the divine promise, that he should be a "father of many nations;" for which purpose his constitution might be miraculously renewed, as Sarah's was. Beside, Abraham himself was born when his father Terah was one hundred and thirty years of age. Abraham settled the sons of Keturah in the east country of Arabia, near the residence of Ishmael.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Keturah'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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